AkzoNobel plans expand vacuum salt production in Netherlands

AkzoNobel plans to expand vacuum salt production in Netherlands

9:11 AM, 19th December 2017
AkzoNobel plans to expand vacuum salt production in Netherlands
AkzoNobel’s Delfzijl site in Netherlands.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel’s speciality chemicals business said that it is studying plans to expand production of high-purity vacuum salt at its Delfzijl site in Netherlands. The project would increase output at the facility by around 25 percent

The ongoing study is due to be completed in the first half of 2018, with the aim of completing the project within three years. It represents the latest in a series of expansions designed to meet increasing European demand for high-purity vacuum salt.

The salt is obtained from deposits at Delfzijl that are free of contamination and purified with the use of steam from sustainable sources, making it ideally suited for industrial applications.

The company’s Delfzijl site has become increasingly sustainable in recent years. For example, it uses renewable electricity and steam generated from waste, while green hydrogen is produced for buses that operate in the region.

“In addition to strong demand for pharmaceuticals, companies are moving towards more efficient technologies for the manufacturing of chlorine and caustic soda, all of which require salt of exceptional purity,” said Knut Schwalenberg, managing director - industrial chemicals at AkzoNobel.

“This is another important project which demonstrates our commitment to invest and grow with our customers. It also underlines our commitment to sustainability as we continue to look for opportunities to use renewable energy and sustainable steam for production,” added Werner Fuhrmann, executive committee member responsible for speciality chemicals, AkzoNobel.

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